Indian Skimmer

Scientific Name: Rynchops albicollis
Common Name: Indian Skimmer
Other Name: Indian scissors-bill

Identifying Features: black cap, orange bill, white underparts, dark brown wings, red legs and feet, forked tail

Fun Facts:

  • They feed mainly on fish but also take small crustaceans and insect larvae. They often feed at dusk and can be very nocturnal.
  • Incubating adults are said to indulge in belly-soaking behaviour to cool the eggs.


This image was clicked by faux tographer – via Flickr.

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